Dropping Cursive

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Friday, May 13, 2011 - 9:59am

Debate over teaching cursive handwriting grows.

David Bluhm's third graders at the Christ Household of Faith School in St. Paul, Minnesota have been practicing their cursive handwriting all year.

Bluhm's students are so good at cursive one is even a state handwriting champion.

On the other side of town at Meadow Lake Elementary in New Hope, Nancy Lehn's third graders are also working on their handwriting.

While her students work diligently inside the classroom there's growing debate outside on whether what they are learning is useful.

Supporters of dropping cursive from the classroom say there should be more emphasis on technology skills.

Opponents like Bluhm and Lehn say students still need to learn an efficient way to write.

Lehn said students still need to be able to write their names and be able to read other people's cursive.

"They're always people who are going to use cursive so they need to be able to identify the letters as well," Lehn said.

"To take this out of our lives is a big mistake," Bluhm said.

Learning cursive is more than learning a style of writing, according to Bluhm.

He said he believes cursive combines reading, spelling, vocabulary and composition.
 

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